Gajraj Rao misses his theatre days in Delhi, keen to do a play soon
Gajraj Rao, who has been part of acclaimed films such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003), Aamir (2008), and Talvar (2015), says his stint in theatre in Delhi helped him grow as an actor. Rao, who also runs an ad film production house, says that he misses being a part of plays.
“Performing on stage in front of a live audience is not easy, so the preparation behind every performance helped us better our skills. These days, I don’t get to do theatre a lot as I am busy with web shows, films, and my production house. I’d love to do a play sometime, but the Mumbai theatre scene is very different from Delhi and, somehow, I don’t connect with the culture,” says the actor, who will be seen in the upcoming film Badhaai Ho.
Quite excited about his role in the film, Rao adds that he is happy to get the chance to play a character like Jitendra Kaushik, who is someone that a lot of people might connect with. According to the actor, many will feel that they have heard similar stories and others might feel that they know someone like Kaushik.
“You don’t get to portray such roles every day, which is the first thing that I loved about the role. The uneasiness is expected, given the plot; I was more worried about living up to the expectation. I’m thankful to (director) Amit Sharma who guided me well. Since I know him for quite some time, that equation also helped,” he says.
Actor Gajraj Rao says he finds it tough to connect with the culture of Mumbai theatre as it is very different from the Delhi scene